Our PhD Program balances theory-driven research based on strong methodological and analytic skills. Graduates are prepared to be productive researchers and skilled teachers in prominent schools of social work, and we offer competitive support for qualifying students. Designed for students to obtain their degree in three to five academic years, the first part of the program consists of core doctoral coursework, including epistemology, statistics, systematic reviews, and qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as substantive elective classes, followed by independent research culminating in the dissertation process. Coursework in our interdisciplinary program promotes strong critical and inter-professional thinking, and integrative, evidence-based approaches to social problems, drawing from a solid social science theory base. Pedagogical skills are developed through combined approaches of mentoring and classroom teaching, supplemented by training through the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. The graduation requirements and curriculum enhance our intensive, research-driven approaches to build and test new practice paradigms with a focus on systems change. We prepare students for exciting roles in which they will contribute to the development of knowledge in the field of social welfare and the profession of social work.
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